James Halliday (weightlifter)

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James Halliday
Medal record
Men's Weightlifting
Competitor for  United Kingdom
Olympic Games
Silver 1948 London Lightweight

James “Jumping Jim” Halliday (born 19 January 1918 in Farnworth, Lancashire, United Kingdom died 6 June 2007) was an weightlifter from Great Britain.

He competed for Great Britain in the 1948 Summer Olympics held in London, United Kingdom in the lightweight event where he finished third behind the winner, the outstanding Egyptian lifter Ibrahim Shams.

Halliday's participation was remarkable as he had been a prisoner of war in the Far East from 1942 to 1945 having been captured when Singapore fell to the Japanese on 15 February 1942. He had weighed little more than 6 stone (38kg) after three years as a PoW, including working on the Burma Railway. Halliday subsequently won two British Empire titles in 1950 and 1954.

He worked on the coal gang at Kearsley Power Station and later became the Electricity Board's chief safety officer, travelling around the country lecturing men on how to lift heavy bags or dig holes.

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